Britain officially has a new prime minister. Securing support from more than half of the Tory party, Rishi Sunak has taken the top job, after Penny Mordaunt failed to find 100 supporters by 2pm today. Alongside his victory, Sunak also brings all sorts of firsts to Downing Street.
Sunak, born in 1980, will become the UK’s youngest PM since the Earl of Liverpool became PM in 1812 – both getting the keys to No 10 aged just 42. Although Sunak is a good way shy of William Pitt the Younger, Britain’s youngest ever PM, who took the job aged just 24 in 1783.
The former chancellor will also become the UK’s richest ever PM, worth a staggering £730 million – owing largely to the wealth of his wife, Akshata Murty, daughter of Indian tech billionaire N. R. Narayana Murty.
The previous record holder in the wealth department was Edward Stanley, who became PM in 1852, with a fortune of £7million, equivalent to £444 million today.
He will also be only the second Wykehamist Prime Minister, the name given to those educated at WInchester College. The first was Henry Addington, PM from 1801 to 1804.
Sunak will also be the first prime minister invited by King Charles to form a government.
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Breaking all sorts of precedents, Sunak is also the UK’s first Asian PM, and first Hindu to win the premiership. No doubt to Sunak’s delight, his victory comes on Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
Notably, Sunak is also the shortest male prime minister ever to grace number 10, coming in at a reported 5ft 6 inches or 1.7m. Only Liz Truss and Margaret Thatcher fall shorter than Sunak, while Theresa May clocks in at almost an inch taller than the new PM. The bets will now be on whether he can set a new record for being longer in office that his two predecessors: Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.
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